Philadelphia, PA - The Queen of Barbacoa, Cristina Martinez and her husband Ben Miller have recently closed up El Compadre, their son’s Italian Market torta restaurant. The couple had taken over the restaurant shortly after Isaías Berriozabal-Martinez, Cristina's son, passed away suddenly, in 2017.
The couple is going to focus on their own very popular South Philly Barbacoa, which not too long ago moved to a larger venue down the street, at the corner location on 1140 S. 9th Street, shortly after Martinez and Miller ended up showcased on Netflix’s Ugly Delicious and Chef’s Table.
The rumors are that El Compadre is going to become 1149, a new dining establishment which is going to also contain a catering company Food Everyone Deserves as well as Fikira Bakery.
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El Vez at Philadelphia's Italian Market - A Cheerful Italian Market spot specializing in Mexican tortas on house-baked bread with fresh juices. Funky, sophisticated and fun, El Vez proves to be one of the area’s best Mexican restaurants. Located on a hot corner in the burgeoning B3 neighborhood (Blocks Below Broad), El Vez, named after the Mexican Elvis, serves lunch and dinner.
Philadelphia's Latino Chefs & Restaurateurs - Philly's national reputation as a thriving, open-to-all city extends to its flourishing culinary scene, which features a multitude of executive chefs of Latin descent. From nationally renowned luminaries with multiple successful restaurants (Jose Garces, Guillermo Pernot) to upstarts making a solid name for themselves here (Jezabel Careaga, Adan Trinidad, Cristina Martinez), these talented chefs come from all over Latin America, the Caribbean and South America, bringing a highly diverse set of flavors and traditions to the communal table